Beware: Deals Too Good To Be True

Published by Robert Lifson on Tagged Uncategorized

Below is a cut-and-paste of an email just received that we really don’t think needs any additional information to fully understand, but, in short, it is a follow up communication to a call we received asking for our guidance in assessing a potential purchase. The reason we are posting this is that there are so many scams out there that take so many different forms, we want to make sure to communicate that if someone is offering you 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie cards (two were “included” and even  pictured with low quality images in the “collection” discussed below), or autographs of the most marketable Hall of Famers (such as Christy Mathewson and Babe Ruth) for pennies on the dollar, think twice.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

We see this time and time again, almost on a daily basis, and it seems to be becoming even more prevalent.

This one had a happy ending for our customer. While identifying these fraudulent “deals” may seem obvious to many, others have not been so lucky. There are many victims. File this “collection” under one of the many “too good to be true” scams to avoid:

—–Original Message—–

From: [redacted for privacy of sender]

Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 2:50 AM


Subject: Website Contact Form Inquiry




…..thanks for talking with me the other day about the Craigs List items. I called the guy \”Carlos\” in Connecticut, he was very nice and friendly…..when I mentioned the option ofusing a third party authenticator to verify the PSA slabbed cards as real, he immediately said….HEY HOLD ON I NEED TO CALL YOU BACK……never heard from him again!!   I called the next day just to see what he would say…\”Oh I sold those cards to a guy for 50 thousand cash!\”   I told him congratulations and sorry again about your uncle dying!!!    Another scam bites the dust.  Glad you are doing so well in your business and hope to consign more with you in the future…..


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